Mozambique president appoints new Premier and Finance Minister

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The President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi on Thursday has appointed Adriano Afonso Maleiane as the new prime minister, shortly after dismissing Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, and filled several other posts including finance minister as part of a cabinet reshuffle.

A Portuguese-language presidency statement named Ernesto Max Tonela as the Minister of Economy and Finance, and Carlos Zacarias, currently chairman of the National Petroleum Instituto (INP) responsible for licensing oil and gas projects, as Mineral Resources and Energy Minister.

The other new appointments were Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance and Minister of Industry and trade.

Meanwhile, Nyusi also shifted Lidia Cardoso from Deputy Minister of Health to Minister of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries.

On Wednesday, Nyusi dismissed six ministers, without giving a reason, in what was seen as a major cabinet reshuffle.

By Feranmi Okuku